Admin determined to stop any irregularity in rice procurement: Collector

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2017 10:58:27


Staff Reporter,

In view of rice procurement to be started from November 15, 2017, the Collector Mahesh Chandra Choudhary has instructed the committee managers not to get influenced by any kind of enticement while discharging duties or get pressurised.
The administration is determined to stop any kind of irregularity in rice procurement.

He was addressing the officer concerned and committee managers in the meeting conducted at Jila Sahakari Kendriya Bank hall. He said that we will have to ensure that peasants would get benefit of minimum standard price. He sought information about the availability of sacks, godowns, ware houses, necessary room for rice purchase. The officers were instructed to review the present availability of sacks, committee wise. On getting information about the lack of room for purchase and godowns he instructed the officers to make necessary arrangements. As possible arrangement to keep the cereal in ware house of godown only should be made.

He also stressed on making the financial arrangement stronger so that any kind of problem while payment to peasants would not be faced. Arrangements for the procurement and quality testing were reviewed. Food controller Jadaun was instructed to keep monitoring the quality. The agriculture, co operative or revenue department officers should be deployed at every procurement centre. He said that concerned SDM and Tahseldar would be responsible for the rice purchase, monitoring and supervision. The region's City Inspector and SDM (Police) would be responsible to co operate in this field.

The Collector also warned that administration is strict regarding the arrangement for wheat procurement. Which is why, we will have to work as team so that peasant would not face any kind of inconvenience in selling their crop. The committee managers will have to remain alert towards the implementation of the norms and process of procurement. Non redressal of problem at the field level and complaints at the district, Tahsel level, would be considered sign of laxity. He also stressed on making proper arrangements to purchase rice. He also asked to make proper arrangements for transport of purchased rice and committee would be able to get the rice stored in godown according to necessity. The payment according to recommended rates would be done.

The Collector also clarified that section 144 would be implemented at purchase centres and in case of unnecessary pressure, action would be taken under the section 188. Those creating unnecessary pressure during purchase would be sent to Jail after registering FIR. The best three committee managers would be awarded during republic day celebration. Four grading on basis of 15 days performance of committees would be done. Those procurement centres where proper arrangements would not be done, complaints of peasants would be considered seriously and concerned committee managers would be punished. The collector also suggested all the members to get associated with what's app group for prompt exchange of messages.

The officer concerned will have to ensure that soon after getting what's app message, they would arrive at spot to take needful action. He asked to create 'Uparjan Jabalpur' what's app group and hoped that it would make the system more useful and prompt. The Additional Collector Sanjana Jain, Jiont Registrar co operative committees P S Tiwari, Deputy Director Agriculture S K Nigam, Assistant Registrar Co operative institutes G P Prajapati, District Marketing Officer Rohit Singh Baghel, General Manager Co operative bank Pankaj Gupta and other officers were also present on the occasion.